268 XJFE OF CHAPTER II. OTHEB scenes ate now presented before us. The various connexions of our youth of twenty-two are increased by new and more important ones, and love springs up in the heart so long devoted only to friendship. In the winter 1789—1790, Humboldt spent some time in Erfurt and "Weimar, and this stay was impor- tant in its results on his whole future life, for here he made the acquaintance of the coadjutor "Von Dalberg, of his future wife,, and of Schiller. Of the coadjutor Von Dalberg, Humboldt had the highest opinion., and said of him :—" The longer I have the opportunity of associating with Dalberg, the more I feel convinced of the purity of his intentions, and the excellence of his moral character/' But another house in Erfurt formed at that time a centre of hospitality and good society,, and Jbecame a great attraction to Humboldt, namely., that of the Chamber president C. F. von Dacheroden. This family belongs to the old Saxon and Thuringian nobility, and have their estate^ which bears their name^ a mile beyond jMtihl- hausen on the river Unstrut. The Herr von Dacheroden in question., a relative of Von Dalberg, had formerly been vice president of the Prussian chamber at Halberstadt, and was married to a Baroness Posadowsky? heiress of Burgorner., a large estate in the Prussian part of the Duchy of Mansfeldt. One daughter was the fruit of this marriage, and the moet careful education had been bestowed upon her.